There has been a tension between Islam and Human Rights theory as both present themselves as value systems that are applicable universally. This course will try to understand the nature of the tension through examining various debates on the subject, and explore the possibility of reconciliation of Islam and Human Rights theory. Upon examining the theoretical issues, the course will focus on some of the Sunni and Shi?i legal concepts that may provide a framework for reconciliation between Islam and Human Rights. Finally, it will focus on some practical issues such as ?udud (fixed Islamic punishments), women’s rights, minority rights, and religious freedom.
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